Back, shoulder, thigh and ankle are the injuries that several high-profile quarterbacks are dealing with entering Week 3. Are any of these injuries severe enough to threaten their playing status?
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Probable – Back
Kaepernick first appeared on the injury report Thursday, but he was a full practice participant then and also on Friday. He’s listed as Probable so there doesn’t appear to be much to his back issue. What’s of more concern, however, is how does Kaepernick bounce back following last week’s home loss to Chicago in which his four turnovers helped the Bears overcome a 17-0 deficit? Arizona’s defense has been pretty stout early on, so it may be wishful thinking to expect Kaepernick to perform like a QB1 this week too.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams
Probable – Back
Romo underwent back surgery this offseason, so anytime that part of his body shows up on the injury report, it’s going to draw some attention. However, there doesn’t appear to be any reason for concern. After sitting out Wednesday’s practice due to tightness in his back, he was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He’s listed as Probable and it would be a mild surprise if he doesn’t suit up against the Rams. The Cowboys have been effective running the ball thus far, which has limited Romo’s numbers. But unless you have a better option, you should start this Cowboy.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
Questionable - Shoulder
Palmer was somewhat of a surprise late scratch last week because of a shoulder injury. What has since been described as a bruised nerve in his right shoulder continues to be a hindrance, as not only is Palmer listed as Questionable for the second straight game, head coach Bruce Arians has already said that Drew Stanton will get the start this afternoon against San Francisco. So even if Palmer does play, it will be as Stanton’s backup. My advice is simple: ignore Cardinal QBs this week.
Shaun Hill, QB, St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
Questionable – Thigh
Hill didn’t play last week and he’s Questionable again with the same thigh injury. He did make some progress in that he was able to do some things in practice, but he will most likely be a “game-time decision” once more. For now, count on Austin Davis to make his second consecutive start and continue to stay away from any and all Ram QBs.
QBs Already Ruled Out:
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – RGIII dislocated his ankle last week and while there was no fracture, it’s not known when he will be able to return to the field. Kirk Cousins will take over and, depending on whom you ask, is considered to be a better fit for Jay Gruden’s system. Cousins impressed (250-2-0) last week after RGIII went down and it’s possible he could provide borderline QB1 production. This week’s start against Philadelphia, in what could be a high-scoring contest, is a good barometer game to gauge Cousins’ fantasy potential moving forward.